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Bridgeport Fire Rescues Six As Boat Sinks Fast Near Fairfield Lighthouse

The 36-foot Marine Trader sank near Penfield Light Sunday. Photo Credit: Fairfield Police Department
Only the very top of the three-tier Mary Kirby is visible near Penfield Lighthouse after the Marine Trader sank Sunday afternoon. Photo Credit: Bridgeport Fire Department

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Six people were rescued from a three-tier boat that was sinking fast near Penfield Lighthouse Sunday afternoon, police said.

Police, fire and Coast Guard personnel rushed to the scene, where Mary Kirby, a 36-foot Marine Trader, was taking on water, prompting the captain to put out a mayday call.

Bridgeport Fire Department was training in the area and one of their boats was able to get to the boat, retrieve all six passengers and bring them back to their home port of Captain’s Cove Seaport, police said.

A medic was called for one passenger with a non-life threatening injury, according to Bridgeport Fire Department.

The captain, a Hulls Highway man, said he was coming back from Southport and thought he struck a log before the boat began sinking just west of the lighthouse.

At midtide Sunday, only the boat’s mast was visible on the surface. Fairfield police tied it to a marker to alert passing boaters. It was expected to be salvaged Monday.

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